Prime Minister directs for immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border
In a statement, the Prime Minister says recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan. However, the decision to re-open the border is being taken as closure of the border for a long time in the backdrop of, religious, culture and historical ties between the two countries would not be in the interest of the people and the economy. The decision to re-open the border is being taken as a goodwill gesture. The Prime Minister hoped that the Afghan Government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed. Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.
The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India began in Islamabad- Both countries need to resolve water issue through negotiations
Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed is heading the Pakistani delegation while India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation. The agenda of the talks includes discussions on the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin. The meeting is taking place after almost two years break. Earlier, these talks were held in May 2015. Despite various media statements causing speculations, Pakistan showed restraint and kept on making efforts for resumption of Commission level talks.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has reiterated that Indus Waters Treaty is one of the world agreements, which provides amicable solution of serious water issues between Pakistan and India. He expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India.
Trump Russia claims: US intelligence chiefs to give evidence
Two US intelligence chiefs are set to testify before Congress about possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's election campaign. They will also address Mr Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by predecessor Barack Obama. FBI director James Comey and NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers will give evidence at a rare open hearing of the congressional intelligence committee. Mr Trump has called the investigation a "total witch hunt". Russia denies attempting to influence the US presidential election.
Afghan Govt. backs US call for more foreign soldiers in Afghanistan
Afghan government has backed United States call for more foreign soldiers in Afghanistan. While terming terrorist activities as serious threat, the Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said additional troops would help improve security situation in the country. Commander of the US led international military force in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson has said that more troops are needed to effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers.
Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack
Syrian security forces have engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Artillery shells and rockets landed in the heart of the capital as part of a surprise rebel attack launched in the Jobar district. The assault began early on Sunday with car bombs and suicide attacks, activists said. State media said secret tunnels were also used. The military says it managed to push the rebels back. Government warplanes launched more than 30 air strikes on rebel positions, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group of activists monitoring the conflict.
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